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Chemical Utilization of Wood: Its Opportunities and Obstacles

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Chemical utilization of wood has been discussed in several articles in previous issues of the Journal of Forestry, but in none of these has the subject been treated as comprehensively as in the following paper, which covers pulping, extraction, hydrolysis, destructive distillation, reactions with other chemicals, and chemical treatments to improve the properties of wood. The author points out that no universally successful method of utilizing inferior and waste wood has yet been discovered, but that developments to date make the future look encouraging. One unsolved problem is that of cheap transportation of large quantities of waste to processing plants. The chemist looks to the forester to solve this problem.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Chief, Division of Derived Products, Forest Products Laboratory, Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, maintained at Madison, Wisconsin, in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin

Publication date: April 1, 1946

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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